If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness. ~ Les Brown
A – Z Challenge – Day 18
Stuck in the Middle with You
We’ve all done it. We’ve stayed too long in a job that made us want to poke our eyes out. We’ve latched on and stuck it out with a lover who treated us like crapola, even on a good day.
It seems counter-intuitive.
Why would we want to to make ourselves small? Why would we accept less than all that we deserve?
Part of it has to do with our sense that we can’t do better, that we can’t stretch or reach for much more than what we see those around us reaching for. We don’t want to be rejected by those we love, so we stay small. We sit in the dark because we’re used to the dark.
And even if that darkness makes us miserable, it is a familiar misery. It is not unknown uncharted territory.
We tell ourselves: We don’t need to push beyond our comfort zone.
Instead, we stay put. We keep ourselves safe.
Or so we think.
But what’s really going on?
We’re settling. We’re surviving. We’re opting for the easy way out.
I don’t know about you, but I want more.
“Some people live in cages with bars built from their own fears and doubts. Some people live in cages with bars built from other people’s fears and doubts; their parents, their friends, their brothers and sisters, their families. Some people live in cages with bars built from the choices others made for them, the circumstances other people imposed upon them. And some people break free.” ― C. JoyBell C.
I want to thrive.
I want a big life. I want to live full throttle, all out. I want an embracing-my-gifts sort of life; not a shrinking, invisible, don’t-mind-me-I-am-a-doormat, life.
I want to show my light. I want to stand in the center of my life and radiate joy.
“We all want to break our orbits, float like a satellite gone wild in space, run the risk of disintegration. We all want to take our lives in our own hands and hurl them out among the stars.” ― David Bottoms
These days, we have a choice to make.
Do we grow or do we stagnate?
Do we maintain the status quo or discover who we could be?
Do we watch Entertainment Tonight or opt to watch Orion and Cassiopeia rise in the east?
Are we all about the known world or the vast universe?
Which box will you check? Same-old, same-old? Or adventurer/hero/scribe/scout?
I don’t know about you, but I know which one I’d choose.
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